good morning!

Hello my friends, we have arrived safely in Georgia and I have been trying to catch up on my sleep (so tired) and getting things orderly here in our cottage. We did a huge grocery trip the day after we arrived and it felt so good putting things away and knowing there was good food and drink for the family to enjoy. Interestingly (and it made my heart happy), our dear Caleb made the main grocery list, filled with healthy and nutritious foods like brown rice, wheat bread, and sweet potatoes, things I didn’t think he even liked. I have been at the pool with Sarah, I finished a book (I Know This Much is True) and started another one (East of Eden), I’ve walked in the sand and the ocean, and have already taken a multitude of photos…………

I find myself missing my girls Brittnee and Grace, a lot, especially the conversations we used to have all day every day about everything and nothing, serious and silly. However, it is good that I can focus on the children left at home with me, who need more of my attention and care. Jacob and Brittnee, and Grace and Brogan, are so happy. Both couples send us photos now and then and I lean into them, I especially notice their eyes (all eight) that sparkle with joy and gladness in these early and magical first days of marriage. I feel excitement, and always so blessed and grateful, to watch them begin their own families, while always part of mine.

Ethan and David are at home in Connecticut, “holding down the fort”. And, trying to stay cool. We don’t hear much from them. LOL. I’m sure the brothers are having a great time, as they get along so well and are great friends. And I miss Sierra, too. I’m glad that I still have her (Ethan’s girlfriend) to spend time with when I get back home. Rich and I have already talked about making her fly down here…………yes, I think it’s safe to say we miss our big girls. But all is well. Rich is at the beach volleyball area down the road with the boys while I type this up and get ready to go. He’s taking me on a morning date for coffees, fresh magazines, and togetherness.

Thank you for being here, and adding so much to my blog with your loving appreciation. I want you each to know how special you are, as we walk each other home………

you are loved.

Quote I clipped from Victoria magazine because I loved it so much: “The poet Mary Oliver expressed it this way: ‘To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.’ I’m grateful that both my loves [art and writing] require the deep payment of attention. As do the boundless other loves out there, including cooking, rearranging pictures on the wall, reading, praying, and, of course, the giving of oneself in relationship with another. I’m grateful that life can still surprise us. No matter what our age, or stormy national conflicts, or aches of the heart, we all can enter more fully into the skin of life itself.” ~Jan Karen

6 thoughts on “good morning!

  1. You are loved as well, and such a beautiful picture of you and God’s creation. We are missing half the family (6 of 14) that just moved to Colorado, so all the feels with you. Concentrating on those here, especially the 3 little boys that are 8,6, and 4.

  2. What a stunning photo of you! It captures so much beyond just the actual photo. I ove everything about it. You look happy and beautiful.

    It was so nice to see your blog in my inbox this  morning. I grabbed another cup of coffee so I could enjoy it to the fullest and settle in for a good read about what my friend Shanda is up to.

    I’m sure it is bittersweet, in a way, to see your children starting their own chapters, but it made me smile to hear that they are so happy and doing so well. You haven’t said…I hope they will be living close enough for frequent visits.

    I’m happy to hear that you all arrived safely and are settling in…sounds cozy. Enjoy your date. 🙂

  3. Love this picture! I love sunrises and sunsets too. This looks so relaxing for you after all your business with two weddings. Glad you now can read and relax. I always enjoy reading your blogs. Enjoy time in Georgia! Love, Dawn

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